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Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option?

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

Some believe that the cornerstone of one’s timepiece collection is a fine dress watch. Others, however, may prefer spending their hard-earned cash on rugged sport and tool watches that don’t really work under a shirt cuff. Enter the Orient Watch Company. If you’re a guy who doesn’t wear dress watches all the time, but you’re in a pinch and need a classier option, there aren’t many better options for a dress watch with these requirements, at such an attainable price.

So even if you are a tool watch guy, you will nevertheless inevitably find yourself needing to wear a dress watch once in a while: for a sister’s wedding, a job interview, or accepting an Oscar at the Academy Awards – okay, George Clooney gets his comped by Omega, so never mind. That G-Shock or 18mm thick dive watch isn’t going to cut it with a tux. And while there are dressier quartz watches widely available for reasonable prices, many a true watch lover is turned off by putting on anything but a true mechanical timepiece on their wrist. So, what to do?

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

Well, Orient dress watches may offer the best priced entry-level option out there – especially if you want something mechanical. A freestanding subsidiary of Seiko (but with its own history, heritage, and innovations), Orient is Japan’s largest producer of mechanical watches, and a true in-house manufacture. Everything on Orient’s watches – the case, the strap, and especially the robust movements – is created in-house, with typical Japanese quality control despite their affordable price point.

These aren’t Pateks, and aren’t going to fool anyone to thinking they are. Still, Orient dress watches have their own unique charms, from their very Asian design sensibility, to finish and construction that punches above its weight, considering their cost. We’ve taken a look at a few of their dressier models from their current range – from their simplest three-handers to ones with complications and quirkier design aesthetics – and see how they stack up hands-on.

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

Above: The Orient Bambino FER24005W0 With Its Classic Round Case, Domed Crystal And White Dial

I’ve found Orient is a great way to get your wrist accustomed to the idea of wearing dress watches – whether you need a dress watch for a specific event, or your job, or just want to see what its like to wear one… and they won’t break the bank. Orient always offers a wide selection of dressier options. Meaning that if you are reading this article years from now and these models are no longer available, similar options will be available from Orient’s collection.


So if you’re in a bind and need a dress watch, there’s usually always something from the brand to fit a wide variety of tastes. The Bambino FER24005W0 is Orient’s iconic dress offering. For a retail price just over $260 (with street prices often falling below that number) you get a classic looking, automatic-movement three-hander complicated only by a simple date window at three o’clock. It is probably the go-to automatic dress watch for anyone who needs something in a pinch and doesn’t want a mere throwaway Chinese item.

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

Seen here is the Orient FER2400CN0 with applied Roman numerals and a 40.50 mm round case

What makes the classic Orient Bambino model great – and for the most part, Orient watches in general – is an attention to detail and quality not typically found at this price point. The Orient Bambino’s Mad Men-worthy retro look and 41mm case diameter make it appealing to contemporary tastes: it feels classy yet not wimpy on the wrist. Its minimal dial, dauphine hands, and sculptural metal indices for hour markers feels modern and classic enough to work in a lot of environments. The period-correct domed crystal – a difficult feature to achieve in an affordable watch – enhances the retro vibe. But the Bambino isn’t the only story when it comes to Orient’s dress offerings.

My favorite of the current crop of Orient dress watches is the recently re-issued and somewhat improved Orient FER2400CN0 (true to its Japanese heritage, Orient watches have expectedly idiosyncratic model names and SKU numbers that provide no end of delight). This is an exceptionally classical variation of the Orient Bambino line: it’s a true, unequivocal dress watch. That’s clear from the roman numerals on the dial and their lack of lume. I enjoy the roman hour markers here not just for their antique anachronism, but also their strong legibility (to me, a crucial component of a successful dress watch). On this dial, the numbers are mirrored steel: they have a sparkle, but take on the color of what they’re reflecting, causing them to come into focus clearly.

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

The stock alligator-printed mahogany leather band here feels so much more luxurious than one might expect: padded and lined with supple suede, it feels great against the skin. The refined feel of the mechanism also feels like it comes from a much more expensive timepiece. Setting the hour felt unexpectedly smooth, and the quick-set date turns with a satisfying click; these were joys I looked forward to every time I put the watch on. And oh yeah, all of these watches kept near-perfect time over the many weeks I wore them.

Likewise, the “railroad”-style outer seconds track suggests a more expensive model like a Patek, but without aping it exactly in homage. Another clever design element comes with the second, minute, and hour hands: rendered in a luminous royal blue, they subtly pop against the warmly colored dial, further increasing readability. Here, Orient has made the hands thinner and flatter than those on the typical Orient Bambino model, which makes them appear more elegant. The rich golden cream dial is what I find truly makes this watch special, however. There’s a trend of late for retro-themed watches to have a fake patina; here, the dial doesn’t have a fake patina, but instead the color evokes the memory of an aged watch – a sophisticated nuance, and just one of many. All of these elements coalesce so adroitly, they create a timepiece that may join the traditional Bambino as one of Orient’s iconic, classic models.

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

Just Above Is The Orient FFD0F004W0 With A Power Reserve Indicator, While Further Above Is The FER2400CN0 With Applied Roman Numerals

While, to my eyes, the tiny date window at three o’clock on the Orient FER2400CN0 doesn’t detract much from this watch’s near-perfect symmetrical balance, some purists prefer their dress watches to be without complication.  Now, many other watch collectors love complications, demand them even – chronographs, moonphases, GMTs and the like; the more basic functionality of dress watches doesn’t appeal much to this crowd. However, one of the most satisfying and useful complications to me is a power-reserve indicator. Orient didn’t invent the power-reserve indicator – Jaeger-LeCoultre gets those bona fides; however, starting in the 1950s, Orient did manage to put them into affordable watches in a way that really none other has achieved.

Watches with power-reserve indicators often cost over $1,000. While Miyota has developed a cheaper mechanism with a power-reserve indicator, Orient’s is a true in-house movement: built on its base 46N45 caliber that’s been well refined over the years, offering 40 hours of charge (as all the models in this review do, in fact). The power-reserve indicator on the Orient FFD0F004W0 here makes it a true bargain at just over $450. Placed unexpectedly at the top of the dial, it both enhances the Orient FFD0F004W0’s elegant symmetry, and also provides functionality not always present in more traditional dress options.

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

The 40mm case diameter looks contemporary on the wrist, while stopping short of being too big for a dress watch. Likewise, a seconds track adds a slight sporty edge, while not taking away from the refined presentation. Orient wins again with the hands here, too: perfectly proportioned, the blue-and-white dauphine pointers stand out legibly against the play of ridged textures etched into the light cream dial. (The lume is also not bad, and proves a welcome, if slightly untraditional, feature.)

Again, this model has aspects you’d typically find on much more expensive watches – a sapphire crystal and exhibition caseback, and a deployant strap that proves incredibly comfortable and ergonomic. The strap is actually a bit unusual, however: it’s flipped around from the usual deployant style, with the pointed end of the band pointing towards the wearer rather than away.

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

Above: On The Wrist Is The Orient Symphony FER27002B0 With A Rose Gold Plated 41mm Wide Round Case

In general, I like how Orient’s affordability allows me to try out styles and trends that have piqued my interest, without having to commit to a more expensive option. Rose gold, for example, is a very “now” choice for case metal. Seeing all the incredible rose gold models rolling out from everyone from Audemars Piguet to Omega, I started wondering what a nice dress watch of that hue would look like on my wrist.

As such, the rose gold Orient Symphony FER27002B0 looked both refined and bold when I wore it, garnering curiosity and compliments from fellow watch nerds rocking Sinns and Speedmasters. The pink index markers against the slightly iridescent deep black dial added both legibility and an elegant look. The black accents made the Orient Symphony something I could wear with a tux or more formal suit; that the date window is beveled in rose gold is a nice detail-oriented, luxe touch. If anything, this Orient Symphony nicely recalls, say, a vintage Rolex Bombe as a design reference; however, the nicely finished 41mm case – which wears even a little bigger with the minimal dial, simple bezel, and polished surfaces – felt suitable for modern tastes.

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option? Featured Articles

The Orient FDBAD005W0 Features A Square Case And A Skeletonized Dial Showing Parts Of The Orient 46A40 Automatic Movement

Reflecting the price point a little more directly, however, are the crystal and exhibition caseback, which are mineral, not sapphire. What the caseback reveals isn’t a supremely jeweled and striped Breguet movement, either. The workmanlike finish of the mechanism is clearly where costs have been kept down – although, in another surprising and quirky detail, the rotor and other parts have been covered in copper. I liked that touch: it visually complements the movement with the rose gold finish, and adds a touch of industrial chic. It also showed effort and consideration in an area which the watchmaker could have simply blown off at this price point. Then again, you get a lot from this watch, which costs under $250 (!) – less than an eighth of what you’d pay to service a Rolex Cellini!

Similarly, I’ve also become a bit obsessed about acquiring a square watch of late, and I enjoyed seeing how I’d like wearing one with the brand new, just-released Orient FDBAD005W0 model – aka the “Producer.” Now, a lot of guys don’t put a square watch at the top of their want list: it’s considered by many to be a conservative, anachronistic case style. As such, they may admire, and even desire, a Reverso or Tank;  pulling the trigger on that $40,000 Vacheron Constantin Toledo 1951 when it’s only going to get worn a few times a year sometimes goes by the wayside when that grail Royal Oak or Daytona comes up at a good price. But in any era, a square watch remains the epitome of a classic, pure dress timepiece, and has an old-school cool that definitely sets the wearer apart. The Producer, however, brings some personality to its geometry.

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  • Ulysses31

    Orient simply offer quality and style with good value.  If you happen to be a brand snob, these will never be good enough.  If, on the other hand, you can appreciate beauty, then these will serve you well without screwing your wallet.

  • bobblehead

    Absolutely agree with this article. I have 2 tool watches, a Sinn u1, and a Seiko sumo, both of which splits my wrist time pretty evenly. I did, however, find myself in need of a dressier option, and so picked up the rose gold bambino with roman numerals. My goodness, what a watch for the price! Truly stunning especially the curved dial and crystal that just makes the face of the watch pop. Gives it such a beautiful look from every angle. Thanks for giving this brand props, I truly believe they deserve it.

  • Yoda says. “Gator or gator not. There is no alligator pattern.” I refuse to wear fake alligator or crocodile straps. I wear the real thing. And my leather straps have no fake embossed patterns. Pet peeve of mine.
    OK, great value watches. With no big deal appearance, these are the dress equivalent of a “dress beater”. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. Only that just as your belt and shoes should match when you wear a suit or tux, you do need a complimentary watch. So for me, these are about as exciting as making sure I grabbed the right belt out of the closet. And I’m not excited about belts and these watches fit the same level of thrill for me. Doing its job but nothing more.
    Gotta say it again, great value. Just the thing for someone as a first decent mechanical without breaking the bank.

  • Nice write up.
    Years ago I was gifted an Orient watch, a perpetual calendar model. I wear it somewhat often; it keeps great time, is very comfortable (esp. On the Horween strap I fashioned for it) and it has an interesting look, with the manual calendar and slide rule bezel on it. After having it for a while someone had made mention of it and asked what it would cost to have his own. I didn’t know and looked it up, and was shocked to see how affordable is is/was (they aren’t made any more, buy NOS examples can be found). True to the Japanese lineage, they are excellent watches that offer great value propositions.
    Really like that cream dial model. Like already mentioned those straps need to all go.

  • MikeinFrankfurt

    Nice article!  It’s clear that these offer great bang for the buck.  For some reason, though, when I visit Japan and the typical “camera” shops, I always look at the Orients hoping one will truly jump out at me and one has never done the trick.  The dress models strangely remind me of when I wore a gold “plated” fossil in 9th grade that looked like a dress watch with a faux gator strap. Furthermore, I actually find Orient’s logo too large/ornate and a little cheesy.  I admire them, but I always find myself drifting to the Seiko area when it’s time to pull out the wallet.

  • WimadS

    MarkCarson That’s exactly what it is Mark. An for me as a student, it is the perfect brand were I ever to need a dress watch. For me, it is still more exiting than a belt btw 😛 For me the mechanical heart of a watch on itself is just something beautiful. Untill I can afford it, I will be satisfied with an orient-finish on my movements 😉

  • WimadS

    Hey Matt,
    Would you mind putting the model numbers you talk about under the corresponding pictures? Makes it easier to follow 😉

  • KeithNagel

    Great article! My Bambino is a great go to dress watch. I “found” orient through this blog, and have a great $130 dress watch, which looks like much more.

  • X2Eliah

    Hm. Extensive writeup, and these watches are well worth the attention, imo.
    One thing, though – the layout is a bit messy, it would be nicer if the images of a watch preceded the paragraph where it is discussed; as-is, it’s really hard to catch which model is being talked about when two others are shown right above/below.

  • LapYoda

    I’ve probably become too much of a snob to buy one of these at this point, but there’s no denying that these watches define value for the money.  It’s a breath of fresh air to see a review of inexpensive yet good quality watches where inexpensive doesn’t just mean “less than $10,000,” but actually means “something that real people who work real jobs can afford.”  Orient’s reputation on the forums is stellar, and is often recommended to people just starting out on this crazy watch-collecting hobby we have.  And despite what the Watch Snob might think, this snob would respect someone who owns one of these honest, quality watches.

  • CG

    Orient makes a nice product that is not too generic but does have a broadbase appeal. Though “dress” watch has become a bit passe, as a description since a suit and tie or even a tuxedo has been worn with almost any watch of late.

  • shinytoys

    Orient is a company with a long, solid, and an interesting history of making quality watches with in house movements for more years than I can count.  Yes, you could buy it because it represents a fantastic value in quality watches, but you could also purchase it because its workmanship and reputation stand on their own merit.

  • funkright1

    I picked up an Bambino a few weeks ago and I do appreciate what it offers, dressier option without busting open my bank (as I like to keep that option open for more desk diver options). Just need to pick up some addition straps for it, it needs a change of pants to keep it more viable in other situations. Though, after wearing it for a day or 2, I did find my other watches to be pretty large (IWC, etc…). I wouldn’t mind if they made a Bambino another mm or 2 larger, I’d buy it in a heart beat 🙂

  • bichondaddy

    I like the watches from Orient, and know plenty of guys that love them.  They are a little small for my big ol’ wrist…but I wouldn’t hesitate getting one if I needed a really nice looking, inexpensive dress watch for a special occasion…as I really like the square watch in some of the pictures..  I would certainly put an XL gator strap on it….yeah…I know…I’d spend as much on the strap as the watch…but it wouldn’t be the first time for me!   But…I have a nice Bulova automatic that I usually wear when the wife and I go out someplace nice or attend one of her company functions.


    Orient offers good price/value ratio, stellar reputation, & excellent variety. The other name I think of in this genre is Invicta, but it is so dysfunctional/disreputable, & perpetual “F” BBB rating is a major danger zone to all potential consumers.

  • funkright1

    BIGCHRONO the only similarity ‘might be’ price. In every other area there really isn’t a similarity (quality, finish, style, etc…) between the two brands.

  • Boy…after the big write up on the Hong Kong watch show and the emphasis on the rise of the Chinese manufacturers and their offerings, you guys come right back with “…and doesn’t want a mere throwaway Chinese item.”?
    That said, I used to own an Orient power reserve and it pretty much ran flawlessly as well as having a little retro vintage flair and a good size.

  • David Bredan

    X2Eliah WimadS Thank you for your feedback. I have changed the layout of Page 1 where most model names are so that now the images correspond with the text – plus captions with exact model names/reference numbers have also been added. Thanks!

  • David Bredan

    Chaz_Hen Good point! Unfortunately, “mere throwaway Chinese items” are still very much out there, a fact that the rise of Chinese manufacturers has not eliminated just yet – especially in this highly competitive segment. With that said, there are many news (as discussed in that article) that tell us things are going the right direction.

  • Feller87

    LapYoda I agree with the points that your making but I want to add the following

    When it comes to a dress watch or a “special occasions” watch imho an affordable will never cut it, simply because when it comes to special occasions people want to wear the nicest watch they own and if its borderline dress/sport (which classifies many watches out there today) they will push the envelope and wear their nicest (read most expensive) watch making an affordable dress watch superfluous even though it may be more ‘correct’ to wear for the occassion

    I had this experience myself recently after picking up a UN Dual time which works with formal clothes enough to get away with I found myself not wearing my affordable watches at all simply because the UN was simply several cuts above in both quality and looks

    let me know what you think or if you had a similar experience

  • LapYoda

    Feller87 LapYoda I would agree at this point in my watch appreciation that a dress watch should be special and not merely an affordable watch, but let’s be honest – we are a small and *very* fortunate subsegment of the population who can be so discriminating.  I can afford a nice watch now (well, not really since I have two small mouths to feed, clothe, and shelter) but back when I was a poor medical student with no income and $300k in student loans to pay, I wore my Seiko Kinetic diver with a suit.  Yeah, sounds tacky now, but it was my only watch, and I needed something durable.  I didn’t have the scratch to afford a dress watch costing thousands that I didn’t have, so that I could wear it the dozen or so times I needed a suit.

    Had Orient been available back then in the US like it is today, and had I developed an appreciation for automatic watches, I probably would have picked one up to wear for interviews. I think that is the perfect audience for an Orient dress watch – someone young or just starting out who wants a nice watch to wear with nice clothing.  This market needs a quality option, and I think these Orients fit the bill.

    • Carlos Contreras

      Lap Yoda… Special is not equal to expensive. While I own a Ceramic Sea Dweller, my Seiko Alpinisr SARB017 is more special to me than the Dweller. Some of the watches presented here, while not in any precious metals, seem very special to me. If they don’t rock your boat, that is understandable, but there are no written rules as to what my constitute a perfect dress watch or not. It all resides on the individual.

  • Feller87

    LapYoda Feller87 exactly

    if I had known about orient at the beginning of my watch journey I would have picked one up without any regrets, in fact i would be overjoyed by being able to have a beautiful dress watch that ticks so many boxes on my checklist while not going into debt

  • The first watch I coveted was my brother’s Orient. However I wouldn’t call it my first grail watch, for my brother got it when he turned 10 and was deemed worthy of wearing a watch, something I eagerly looked forward to as I was younger than him.


    Yet, there are Invicta owners who biblically swear by their watches, & would crucify us for our brazen comments.

  • kjagasia

    I have two Orient automatics and I find both of them better, in terms of accuracy and power reserve, compared to my “Swiss made” Hamilton Intramatic which dies after 24-25 hours. Have Movado Red label “Swiss made” and that also does not last over 30 hours. My two Orients have a power reserve of over 40 hours and that pretty awesome. These are pretty clean looking watches and offer most bang for the buck. I have an InvictaPro-diver that has a Miyota in it and its awesome, have it for over 5 years, keeps good time, power reserve of over 40 hours, excellent lume and all this for $75 (got it during a promo on Shopnbc). Don’t know if I will ever find a strong reason to buy another “Swiss made” watch.

  • DG Cayse

    Excellent marque.
    Quality of manufacture, well designed, in-house mechanicals and a reputation for accuracy and durability.
    All of this at a very reasonable and appropriate price point.
    Orient ticks all of the boxes for a winning watch!

  • village idiot

    I’m impressed with Orients! Not only would and probably will  soon will own one. As well, proud to wear it. Tells  other watch watchers  I know my way around..

  • DoMo2117

    Orient was where this whole mechanical watch obsession started for me.  Ditto to most of the comment, and BTW, this article is one of the best freakin’ Orient photo shoots I have ever seen.  I own several of these watches, and they do not look this stunningly awesome (I mean this in a good way).  Great entry point for a new watch nerd . . .

  • steviecans

    Thank god best review in awhile, enjoyed the writing style much more this time! 

  • DoMo2117 Thanks. Glad you liked the images I did for this in addition to Matt’s writing.

  • MisterDeal

    aBlogtoWatch DoMo2117 I have to say, as the writer of this piece, the sublimity of Ariel’s images almost made the words irrelevant. It is very, very difficult to photograph watches, as I have discovered; Ariel is one of the absolute best in this area – he not only knows how to make a watch look cool, but somehow manages to capture its innate spirit, too. Thank you.

  • CCN 1410

    I have two Orient watches and am happy with them. 
    Next year I plan on buying another. Orient, of course!

  • fortsonre

    Nice article.  Orient represents a great value in the mechanical watch world.  The Bambino is especially nice.  For just a little bit more, the Orient Star line are outstanding.

  • david21

    I went through an Orient phase about 5 years ago. I have about half a dozen Orients including the Mako XL, an Orient Sta2 diver, the Planet Orient (orange bezel), the Explorer (one of my favourites), and an Excursionist (unbelievably accurate and well within COSC specs). But then I started moving towards the Swiss (my Omega Speedmaster Professional from my birth year – my grail watch) and a bunch of ETA based watches. I had moved away from Orient but these dress watches are drawing me back. The Bambino is classic and I am starting to be offended by anything over 42mm. I think Orient is a one of the value propositions of the the mechanical watch world – Japanese engineering and quality, manufacture, reliable, and affordable (for now). Get one while you can.

  • DG Cayse

    Some of the most favorable comments on a marque that I have seen on ABTW.

  • Emperius

    You could slap a $2000 price tag and it would still be believable. Seriously, comparing this to European overpriced dress watches… aside from ‘prestige’, how much different is it? In house!? Were gotten to a point where brands are what keeps prices up.

    • Webjak

      LOL, it’s Chinese crap.

      • AreaMan

        Yes, and so are the components of countless luxury goods.

      • Bris Vegas

        Most Swiss watches under $2000 are made in China. They are just assembled in Switzerland to get the ‘Swiss Made’ certification.

  • Watch_Kamal

    A very nice article again. I have two Orients and both of them keep fantastic time and power reserve compared to “Swiss Made” Hamilton Intramatic. They have clean lines and are extremely well made. Just one observation – They have a limited range of designs and many don’t look very different from the other, I wish they invest and hire some new designers and promote themselves better to get a larger footprint in the US and Euro markets. Just my 2 c- In my opinion,  they offer more value than any other brand out there today

  • Dave

    I purchased my first new Orient watch a year ago. The metal band pulled the hair on my arm so badly that I had to take it off. Eventually I found an 18mm leather band I liked and put it on the watch only to find it was not ticking. I never wore the watch. With no use at all the movement stopped. It is an automatic and I wound it for a whole afternoon with no ticking to be seen. I contacted where I bought it and they wanted full repair charges because it was 14 months old. I contacted Orient in Japan and they said I was bound by the 1 year warranty even though it was still brand new. I made a mistake believing the hype about the “in house movements” and thought it would be a fine watch. When it broke I was sure Orient would take care of me. I was wrong and will never, ever buy another Orient watch again. It was my first, and my last. With so many fantastic watch companies out there, why waste your money or time on a company like this?

  • hatster

    Thanks for introducing me to these watches, I am now quite a fan. I also think a few people miss the mark on them. If they are well made and a little uncommon why can’t they be worn as a dress watch? The snobbery about being seen to be wearing the ‘right brand’ is an obsession that becomes so self-serving, it ignores nice designs. I hear that a new British brand, Dennison, is launching and the first design I saw is reminiscent of some of the Orient designs. I like the look of them and I have yet to see a price tag. if they are $4000, that won’t make them more desirable to me than if they were $400.

  • odszulu

    It was a nice, elegant watch, but don’t buy it. I bought a Orient Bambino (Version 2) Watch, after 6 weeks it died. Since I live in Canada, there is no repair in this country I had to send it to the US. It took 2 months to get it fixed. I had to pay for the shipping BOTH ways (that is new, usually the company pays for shipping during the warranty period) And guess what after a week it died again. So what to do? Send it back, go to a watchmaker or put it in the garbage.This is a sub standard watch coming out of Japan. I collect watches but his brand is off my list.

    • Victor Tan

      There’s a risk to buy watches from oversea and not authorized dealer. You can’t accuse they are being a sub standard brand just because you are just bad luck.

      • odszulu

        I have sent it on my own expense to get it repaired and they could not fix it, you cal that bad luck, I call it garbage customer service. STAY AWAY from this company. If you would look at the original forum this comes from than you would not call it bad luck. The failure is higher than you think.

        • Victor Tan

          Guess what, I bought 3 Orient watches. From cheap 3 star to the latest Orient Star. All of them, bought from the authorised dealers, never service, still run like clockwork today. Also, one of my friends still able keep a Royal Orient run good as new. What say you?

          • odszulu

            It is like Russian roulette in Canada. Buy it at your own risk. Great looking watch but if you get a lemon you are stock. Not recommended for anyone who lives in Canada. Before I buy any watches now I check if they have a service depot in Canada! Learned my lesson the hard way.

  • David Anthony Hollingsworth

    I now own three Orients (gold, white face, version I; tan face with blue hands, version II (or Orient FER2400CN0), and the Soma), and I love all of them. In regards to the Orient FER2400CN0, something about that I find not so exciting. It’s alluring, but a tad underwhelming (perhaps if the numerals were painted blue to match the hands, maybe that might do it more). But elegance is key and the Orient Bambino line holds it, and holds it tightly, to my delight.

  • christosL

    I’ve seen many Orients in the flesh, and every time I ask myself; if this quality can be achieved, with an in-house movement, in a developed country like Japan then isn’t any watch over, say 2000 dollars a joke? Are we all easily tricked fools?

    • )))

    • Bris Vegas

      Somewhere between 90-98% of the cost of a Swiss watch is due to marketing, distribution and retail costs. Somebody (you) has to pay for all the glossy advertisements, celebrity endorsements, aerobatic teams and fancy stores. If you have a cheap online distribution model you can easily cut 90% off the cost of a watch.

  • M C

    Any thoughts on the Orient Men’s ‘Sun and Moon Version 3 (Model: FAK00001Y0), I am interested in it but don’t see any reviews.

  • Matt B

    The watch was junk, customer service was worse! I was given an Orient as a gift, Christmas of 2017, from my aunt. 2nd generation Bambino, sku FAC00004B0. I liked the way it looked and I was pleased with it. Until! The watch stopped working in early February. I can feel that the weight is not turning inside the watch. I contacted Orient through e-mail and explained it was a gift. They asked me question after question; where did you buy the watch, do you have the receipt, did you buy it online, did you buy through amazon, what is the model number, do you have the date stamped warranty book, etc. Again, I explained it was a gift, I had no receipt, I didn’t know where it was bought. I could tell they were trying to avoid repairing the watch under warranty, right from day 1. All I had to show them, that I wasn’t some criminal trying to get a free warranty repair on my watch, was the time stamped warranty book! I was happy, I can get my new watch fixed! So I took a picture of the book and emailed it to them, happy days! Not so fast! They tell me “the dealer of the watch appears to be based from overseas we would need a receipt and some sort of proof that they are an authorized dealer if we are not able to ascertain that on our own.” WTF??? If I have the time stamped warranty book, the watch with the model number stamped on the back… when I ship everything to the repair center, they can easily tell if the watch is a legit Orient, right? No offense to anyone, but I don’t think there is a big market for knock off Orient Watches, Rolex maybe, Orient not so much. Also, why would an unauthorized dealer, go through the hassle of stamping the warranty book? Nope… I would not recommend Orient. I might open up the watch and take a video as to what really went wrong with the watch. Post that on youtube, maybe they’ll agree to fix the piece of crap after that? I’m not holding my breath.

    • Boxlock

      Matt, my sympathy goes out to you and I certainly don’t argue your dissatisfaction with this.
      But Orient USA the official importer of Orient watches here, and who warranties them in the USA, is not the factory in Japan that manufactures the watches. Many sold here including those purchased on Amazon are not warrantied by Orient USA but are “gray marketed”, being brought in by others. My particular style Orient Bambino II 2nd. Generation aren’t even offered by Orient USA, and they can’t warranty everyone else’s gray market watches.

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